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Re: Indian Decendent/north/east Texas

Let me offer you this, so that you don't get all excited about your cheek bones.

1st - Yes, some of the Freed slaves of the Cherokees settled in the Cherokee County, Texas area and spread out from there, and some of them had some Cherokee blood ancestry. Most of those Freedmen applied to and were rejected by the Dawes Commission and the Cherokee Nation because they did not come back to the Cherokee Nation within the 6 months specified by the Treaty of 1866. Having an ancestor among those former Cherokee slaves does not provide citizenship in the Cherokee Nation, even if you can prove you have Cherokee blood. There are Cherokee descendants living in the Kilgore, Texas area, their ancestors having fled there from the killing in the Cherokee Nation in the 1840 and during the Civil War. Those folks, Starrs, McPhersons, Beans, all can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt they are descendants of Cherokee Indians. Yet, they cannot enroll because they do not meet the requirements of our Constitution. Being excluded is not a color thing, its about who stayed with the tribe and who didn't. Now mind you, I'm not talking about the recent efforts by the CNO leadership to exclude the Freedmen. That, my friends is based on race, greed and hatred.

2nd - Have you, or anyone who exclaims the color of skin, the shape of a nose or cheekbone of themselves or an ancestor ever taken the time to look at the diversity of facial features among the people of Africa? Have you ever taken the time to look at a child in this country, born of a mixed black/white marriage and say, wow, that kids looks like an Indian. I see white people all the time, who have no Indian ancestry, yet bear a resemblence to Indian people. And the same is true of persons of African descent. Features don't mean anything and neither does color.

3rd - DNA tests, as they are currently developed, will not tell you which Native American tribe you come from and cannot even tell you whether you really are Native American or not. These tests can only tell you about probabilities. The fact that none of these so called DNA tests are based on DNA studies of enrolled Native Americans is a good indication that they are nothing but snake oil.

The answers to your questions lie in doing research. Ferreting out records and asking questions of genealogists with African-American and Native American research experience. There are several on this board.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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